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CoolerMaster CM Storm Inferno review

A budget gaming mouse from CoolerMaster's premium brand

Our Verdict

For

  • More buttons than Sentinel Advance
  • Decent sensitivity

Against

  • Not as sensitive as next model up
  • Price not as competitive
  • No adjustable weight

CoolerMaster has been making a name for itself all over the components market. Last month it absolutely nailed the power supply supertest and we've been loving its chassis for many a long year.

The gaming peripherals market hasn't been so fertile a ground for it up until now, but a new spin-off company has seen CM Storm take that slightly poisoned chalice on.

First off was the rather impressive Sentinel Advance gaming mouse. We checked it out at the beginning of the year and a very favourable 4 out of 5 it got too.

The CM Storm Inferno is of a similar ilk but redesigned WITH MORE BUTTONS. That's very important in gaming mouse terms, as are LED light-shows and headline-grabbing numbers in the DPI space.

But there's something that feels rather cut-down and cut-price compared with CM Storm's last rodent-based outing. It feels like the budget sibling, and while it's cheaper by a fiver, it still feels a lot more lacking than that.

The fact that the Sentinel Advance can hit a superior 5,600dpi isn't nearly as important as the lightweight feel of the Inferno. It's the same weight as the Sentinel Advance but lacks the extra weights you can drop in the base.

It also doesn't have its older brother's reassuring solidity either. There's just a little too much play in the buttons, making them too feel lightweight.

If this were CM Storm's £15 entry-level gaming rodent we could forgive it these failings. But the company has already produced a decent mouse you can pick up for practically the same price. This would be that difficult second mouse then…

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMouse
Number of Total Buttons11
Pointing Device Host InterfaceUSB
Scroller TypeScroll Wheel
ColourBlack, Grey
Brand NameCM Storm
Pointing Device Connectivity TechnologyCable
Movement DetectionLaser
ManufacturerCooler Master Co., Ltd
Product NameInferno Gaming Mouse
Product LineInferno
Manufacturer Part NumberSGM-4000-KLLN1-GP
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.coolermaster.com
Marketing Information

The Inferno Gaming Mouse was exclusively crafted in the CM Storm Labs to fulfill the needs of MMORPGers who demand nothing but the very best. Armed with a 4000DPI Twin Laser sensor, 128kb of onboard Sentinel-X memory, and 11 total buttons - including the brand new Storm Tactics multiplayer key - the Inferno will harness your killer instinct and provide the ultimate advantage.

PRECISION TRACKING
The Inferno utilizes a superior Twin Laser sensor for optimized speed ranges and lossless performance to endure any type of quick movement with sheer accuracy.

ONBOARD SENTINEL-X 128KB
The Sentinel-X microprocessor safeguards your mouse settings and stores up to 3 different game profiles. The stored profiles can retain macros, scripts, and other customizations so you can triumph on any PC system without the need of additional software.

ADVANCED STORM MACROPRO KEY
The versatile MacroPro key enables you to automate repetitive actions used in popular MMO games or Windows applications.

RAPID FIRE TACTICAL KEY
A pure assault apparatus - conveniently placed next to the left mouse button, this tactical key is one click away, giving you the edge to frag your opponents and stay alive in the most intense situations.

STORM TACTICS MULTIPLIER KEY
Unique key customizations built to offer 32 extra button outputs for macros, scripts, rapid-fire, and other unique commands. Easy to optimize through Inferno software, Storm Tactics Multiplyer key enhance your character reactions with top-notch combo command.

Movement Resolution4000 dpi